Alexus (242) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2011
On tap @ Cardinal. Deep brown in color. Great thick head which gives a beautiful lacing in the glass. Great aroma. Toffee, caramell and dark candi sugar present. Warming alcohol, but not too much. Great balance. Nice lingering aftertaste. Very good beer for the cold season! abemorsten (3615) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - SEP 25, 2011
Tap at Cardinal. Clear, deep orange with a fingerthick, rocky, light brown head. Fruity, wine gum, spicy band aid nose. Sweet, alcoholic, toasted, bitter flavors with dark fruits present. Full body. Syrupy. Alcoholic warmth. Closer to the type than it’s Nøgne Ø counterpart. gunnar (9096) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2011
On tap at Cardinal. Side by side with the Nøgne Ø version. Pours a tad lighter than the Nøgne Ø version, and with a more solid and tanned head. Aroma is light roasted malty, bock-ish. In the mouth this one is lighter but with a more rich mouthfeel than NØ version. Sweet caramel and nutty malts blended with a nice burning alcohol. The aroma opens up a lot as the temperature rise in this one. Nice bitterness in the end from the hops and alcohol.Lingering and warming aftertaste.
yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2011
On tap at Patricks. An opaque brown beer with a small, brown head. Lightly roasted nose with a healthy dose of caramel and dried fruits. Surely sugary, pleasantly hopped and with some alcohol. Full-bodied and lightly warming, almost sticky. Sweet, caramel flavor with a touch of alcohol and dried fruits. Bitterness bringing some balance to it. Long finish bringing warmth down the throat. Finally a microbrewed Norwegian bock, hopefully it will not be a one-off. 110919 KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2011
Rich, malty, caramel sweetness.
Very rich. A warming beer for the cold season. Lovely glowing red. True to type, but a bit too sweet for me.
daje (4436) - NORWAY - JUL 3, 2012
On tap at Amundsen, september 2011.
Dark brown, a bit lighter than Nøgnes version, thick light brown head.
Roasty aroma, spices, caramel. Sweet malty taste, with berries and fruit. Good bitter finish. Holmen1 (5905) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2012
Fra fat på Cardinaltreff, sep-11, sammen med Nøgne Ø’s utgave: et meget interessant møte, hvor Ægir gikk av med en knepen seier. Noe lysere enn NØ men bedre skum. Karamell- og nøtteaktig bokkølaroma og behagelig humleinnslag. Gode begge to, men Ægir hadde en rikere munnfylde. larsga (7542) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2011
Head is just small beige ring. Clear deep dark red body. Fruity wild berry aroma is deep and rich with earthy chocolatey notes. Dry-sweet cocos funk and fruit taste with wild berry and earth notes. Fullish body. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dry-sweet soy sauce and wild berry aftertaste with funky chocolate notes. Very clean and harmonic, but less complex than the Nøgne Ø version. (0.4l draft at Håndverkerstuene, Oslo.) Palme (4811) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2011
Tap @ Naboen, Bergen. Tasted head to head against it’s brother Nøgne/Ægir - Kolaborator, and it’s imidiately quite easy to see the difference on there two "identical" brews. This one is a dark hazy brownish-red beer with a quickly fading and sidesticking wooden-brown and light bubly head. The beer is of course served way to cold, so it takes a while before it gets that nice, sweet, dark malty, nutty, caramely and light chocolatish aroma. But it’s defenitely there if you’re just a bit patience. Average to lively carbonation, quite full-bodied and it has a mild sticky to creamy mouthfeel. Flavors are not as sweet as I could have feared. It’s loaded with dark malts, has a strong and sweet dark caramel flavor, some nuts and notes of dried fruit in the finish. Ends warming with a light yeasty hint in the aftertaste. Solid doubble bock that I suspect will be really great after a year in the cellar.
ClubGonzo (5670) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 23, 2011
On tap @ Naboen, Bergen. This one is more light-hued in its appearance than the NØ version; near-orange hazy brown body with a creamy beige head very similar to NØ’s Kollaborator. Aroma is a bit less pronounced as well, but with clearer caramel tones along with dark malts and small hints of wood. Taste is similarly different: deep malt-caramel tones with heavy, sticky near-floral honey-like "fuzzy" sweetness; seems to me the hops and sugars interact to make the sweetness kinda rough and unpolished around the edges. The alcohol is also evident as it blends with the other components; never too much but definitely boosting the overall rough stickiness of this intense doppelbock. It is sweeter and less smooth than NØ’s version - sometimes verging on being a bit cloying - but without the roasty touches, which actually makes for increased drinkability considering the dense, thick and almost too full mouthfeel. Hints of nuts in the aftertaste. This is a perfect example of the doppelbock genre; very well made by Ægir but lacking the finer touches which could have taken it considerably higher. I do suspect this will gain a smoother and more refined shape after some cellar time but I doubt I’ll ever have the opportunity to taste a bottled version of this in the years to come. All in all the race is REALLY close between Nøgne Ø and Ægir on this beer. I do think Ægir’s version is slightly better in terms of drinkability and genre-closeness - plus I have a sweet tooth - but this is a neck-and-neck race for sure.